By Richard Clarke

The signing of Mikael Silvestre does not mean Kolo Toure will be moving into central midfield.

The former Manchester United defender arrived at Emirates Stadium earlier this week, prompting speculation that the Ivorian may go forward to add strength in the middle of the park. However speaking at his press conference on Thursday, Arsène Wenger suggested Toure would be staying put.

“Kolo is not a player with special stamina,” said the manager. “He’s more a guy with big explosive power but he’s not a long distance runner. Physiologically he’s not a central midfielder.”

Wenger has identified the need to bolster that area and hopes to sign someone before the September 1 deadline. However the Frenchman is happy with the players he has in that position.

“I’m not under any pressure," he said. "I feel Diaby will be a fantastic central midfielder, as will Song and Denilson. And we have Fabregas of course.”

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22 Aug 2008